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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 December 2007, 12:00 GMT
Collins hails new training centre
Hibs manager John Collins (left) and chairman Rod Petrie
Collins unveils the new complex with club chairman Rod Petrie
Hibernian manager John Collins has welcomed the official opening of the Edinburgh team's new 4.9m training complex in East Mains.

"The facility is better than anything I have worked with, in England or in France," Collins told the club website.

"It will be of great help in producing talented footballers for the club.

"It should also be a major selling point in bringing professional players to the club, along with our stadium and the city itself."

The Easter Road club announced plans for the development in East Lothian in May 2006 and the players are now set to reap the benefits.

The new centre has five international size grass pitches and a floodlit international size Fifa two-star synthetic pitch.

The indoor facilities also include a short-sided pitch with the same artificial surface.

There is a fully equipped gym, medical facilities and a hydro-therapy pool.

The facility also has a players' lounge, dining rooms and kitchen, plus administration offices and meeting rooms.

Chairman Rod Petrie said: "This is an exciting day for everyone connected with Hibernian.

"The need for access to better training facilities had been identified as a priority by successive managers and to be able to deliver the club's own top class training centre is very satisfying.

"More importantly, the coaches and players will have access to the very best training facilities every day and this will help the club build on its outstanding reputation for the development of young players."

Club skipper Rob Jones added: "To come to work each day to a training centre of this quality will really lift the lads.

"And we know as professionals that to have good quality training will help us when it comes to match-days. We are delighted."

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